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Colossi of Memnon. Source:  Leonid Andronov / Adobe Stock.

Rebuilding an Ancient Egyptian Statue is a Huge Challenge (Video)


Reconstructing the colossal statue of Pharaoh Psamtik I presents a monumental challenge for archaeologists at the Grand Egyptian Museum. With 1,900 fragments recovered from the site, the experts face the daunting task of deciphering whether the Pharaoh was depicted standing or sitting. Analyzing minute details, such as the folds of a kilt, proved crucial in determining the posture. The discovery that the curves in the folds indicated a striding pose added a sense of strength and power to the colossal figure, standing at an imposing 36 feet tall.

Intriguingly, this pose closely mirrors a statue of Pharaoh Senusret III from a different era, suggesting a timeless tradition in Egyptian royal sculpture, persisting for over 1,000 years. Despite the similarities, the crucial difference lies in the timing—Psamtik's statue emerged during the decline of the Egyptian empire, echoing a tradition rooted in the grandeur of ancient times. The meticulous reconstruction of this colossal artifact unravels not just the physicality of Psamtik I but also unveils a profound connection to Egypt's enduring sculptural heritage.

Top image: Colossi of Memnon. Source:  Leonid Andronov / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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